John Bolling

Brief Life History of John

When John Bolling was born on 17 March 1856, in Virginia, United States, his father, Hosea C. Bolling, was 38 and his mother, Lovina Hayes, was 41. He married Ruth Sturgill in 1879, in Letcher, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Wise, Virginia, United States for about 10 years and Roberson District, Wise, Virginia, United States in 1930. He died on 29 April 1936, in Flat Gap, Wise, Virginia, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Ezekiel Bolling Cemetery, Pound, Wise, Virginia, United States.

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John Bolling
Ruth Sturgill
Marriage: 1879
Hosea C. Bolling
Henrietta Bolling
Henry R. Bolling
Martha Virginia Belle Bolling
Isaac Benton Bolling

Sources (35)

  • John Bolling in household of Benton Bolling, "United States Census, 1920"
  • John, "Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Records, 1853-1896"
  • John Bolling, "Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, County Marriage Registers, 1853-1935"

World Events (8)

1861 · The Battle of Manassas

The Battle of Manassas is also referred to as the First Battle of Bull Run. 35,000 Union troops were headed towards Washington D.C. after 20,000 Confederate forces. The McDowell's Union troops fought with General Beauregard's Confederate troops along a little river called Bull Run. 


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

English: variant of Bowling , a habitational name from Bowling in Bradford, Yorkshire.

English: perhaps a nickname for a large person, from Middle English bolling ‘something swollen’, a derivative of Middle English bollen ‘to swell, bulge, puff up’.

German (Bölling): derivative of the ancient Germanic personal name Baldo (see Boll 2).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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